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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Galacian speaking friends about triathlon

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This article is a series of language learning posts by ParaSport News.  The goal is to provide sport fans some very basic sport and Paralympic vocabulary so you can talk with the world about disability sport at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.


Like Euskara, Argonese and Catalan, the number of speakers is limited and you’ll mostly find Spaniards speaking it.  The region the language is local to has produced some fantastic Spanish Paralympians and if you’re going to athletes from the region, a few words in the language might be helpful.

General disability words:

  • abdominal – abdominal
  • Amputados – amputees
  • brazo – arm
  • Ataxia – Ataxia
  • equilibrio – balance
  • Ananos – dwarves
  • cóbados – elbows
  • Esclerose múltiple – Multiple sclerosis
  • ombros – shoulders
  • Espasticidade – Spasticity
  • espiñal – spine
  • Tríceps braquial – Triceps brachii muscle
  • tronco – trunk
  • Cadeira de rodas – wheelchair
  • pulsos – wrists
  • agudeza visual – visual acuity
  • Deficientes visuais – visual impairment
  • Cegueira – Blindness

Sport specific words:

  • Clasificación – classification
  • Nutrición – nutrition
  • Paralímpicos – Paralympics
  • Xogos Paralímpicos – Paralympic Games
  • Adestramento – training

Country specific words:

  • Australia – Australia
  • China – China
  • Cuba – Cuba
  • Grecia – Greece
  • Nixeria – Nigeria
  • Panamá – Panama
  • Rusia – Russia
  • Arabia Saudita – Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal – Senegal


Triathlon specific words:

This sport makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.  With words from swimming, athletics and cycling, knowing a few terms here can take you a long way with other sports.

  • Tríatlon – Triathlon
  • Ciclismo – Cycling
  • Natación – Swimming
  • Maratón – Marathon
  • Campionato do mundo de tríatlon – ITU World Triathlon Series
  • Zapato deportivo – Athletic shoe
  • Guiador – Bicycle handlebar


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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